Federal agency ends management of Detroit's public housing

After years of being led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Detroit Housing Commission regained local control Tuesday. 

HUD's secretary, Julian Castro, was in town Tuesday morning to make the announcement. The announcement was made in the Woodbridge community, a mixed-income development that has been around since 2004. 

"You can't keep a good city down for long," he said. 

The department took over the Detroit Housing Commission in 2005 because of a variety of mismanagement and regulatory compliance issues. They included financial record problems, poor living conditions and failure to carry out construction projects.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Detroit Housing Commission have hired an executive director to manage and oversee day-to-day operations, cut staff and increased the occupancy rate to 97 percent from 70 percent in 2005.

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